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Question

Which of the following best describes a major effect of Upton Sinclair’s book The Jungle?
It created a controversy that led the Supreme Court to break up a monopoly.

It created a controversy that influenced President Roosevelt to take action.

It exposed the scandal of railroad business practices.

It prompted government reform on a state and city level.

2 Answer

  • The answer would be B. It created a controversy that influenced President Roosevelt to take action.
  • The correct answer is "It created a controversy that influenced President Roosevelt to take action".

    Sinclair's "The Jungle", aimed to win the hearts of Americans and lead their convictions towards socialism. However, the biggest impact the book ended up having on the public, was its criticism of the meatpacking industry and exposure of their unsanitary practices.

    Although President Roosevelt was outraged at first, he ended up passing the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act to control the situation. In a public release he stated: "Radical action must be taken to do away with the efforts of arrogant and selfish greed on the part of the capitalist."


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